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5.0 out of 5 stars A new, amusing heroine for the ages, 30 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Soulless: 1 (The Parasol Protectorate) (Mass Market Paperback)
I picked this up because of the inside blurb, instantly loving Alexia's sarcastic, prim, and most-put out voice over the impudence of a vampire to attack her, forcing her to demolish a much-beloved treacle tart. I then raced through the book, laughing out loud in may places and practically purring every time Lord Maccon was on the page.

As others have said, there isn't a huge amount of plot, but there is a wonderful world to immerse yourself in, as the author sets up her universe to play in. I love the idea of vampires resembling hives of bees, with a queen, and I also adore the Werewolves as detectives and protectors. I of course, mostly adore Alexia, as she manages to be blunt, somewhat lacking in creative and emotional nuance, vulnerable at the unknown and very earthly, all at once.

The wonderful thing is that the author doesn't shilly-shally around with a whole love traingle nonsense - Twilight this ain't! - but sets up a fantastic dynamic that allows for the usual 'will they, won't they' to continue - because it's more about how the central two characters work together rather than will they GET together. I am so looking forward to her next book, as she set up a great new plot opening for it, and I think this series could really become one of my favourite series.

Bottom line: this new steampunk/supernatural series doesn't take itself too seriously and therefore is all the more delightful for it. Buy it: if you miss Buffy. Don't buy it: if you swoon at Edward Cullen.
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